Written by Jana Valant (4th edition),
The Commission estimates that the detriment to consumers caused by non-compliance with basic EU consumer rules in certain cross-border online markets and also by inefficient cross-border enforcement amounts to €770 million per year.
To remedy this, the Commission has presented a legislative proposal to review the existing rules on consumer protection cooperation between enforcement authorities as part of its e-commerce package in May 2016. The aim is to clarify the rules and to give more powers to national enforcement authorities, most importantly to enable them to address unlawful online practices and improve coordination among them.
Stakeholders have, in general, welcomed the move to improve cooperation between enforcement authorities, and the European Economic and Social Committee in its opinion of 19 October 2016 supported the proposal. The Maltese Council Presidency reached a general approach in February 2017, while the Parliament’s IMCO committee adopted its report in March. In June 2017, the co-legislators announced that they had reached an agreement, which needs now to be formally adopted.
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws|
|Committee responsible:||Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)||COM(2016) 283, 25.5.2016, 2016/0148 (COD)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD, Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Rapporteur:||Olga Sehnalová (S&D, Czech Republic)|
|Carlos Coelho (EPP, Portugal)
Richard Sulík (ECR, Slovakia)
Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE, Sweden)
Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Mylène Troszczynski (ENF, France)
|Next steps expected:||First-reading vote in plenary|